When I sat down, closed my eyes and tried to meditate for the very first time, I had no idea what I was doing. I didn´t know what it means – to meditate. I had no expectations. It was just an experiment.
„To meditate means being as lazy as possible,“ said monk LP Pasura to his students at Mooktawan sanctuary in Thailand. Being lazy in this case literally meant to sit down, close eyes and stay calm. Let your mind being lazy till it stops thinking.
It´s hard to imagine something like that. If we spent every 4 seconds with different thought, it´s 15 thoughts per minute, aprox. 14,400 thoughts per day. Moreover, don´t forget that brain works overnight.
Our mind has no chance to rest. It leads to tension, stress and exhaustion. Meditation is a great opportunity to give your mind some rest. „Meditator dive into stage theta, which qualitatively reminds deep sleep. In such stage person experience peaceful wakefulness – he watches but doesn´t act, he follows his thoughts but doesn´t feel their influence.“ (BROWN, 2007)
Pure mind – pure nonsense?
In a stage of absolute peace we´re finding answers for unsolvable questions. Pure mind thinks clearer. „Meditation cleans our glasses. When glasses are clean, we can see ourselves and others clear.“ (LP PASURA, 2014)
Can you imagine that you would see everything clearly? That you could understand world around you without prejudices, being able to accept everything & everyone that walks into your life?
Meditation can takes you closer. It teaches you how to watch without judgements and evaluations. „If you understand the nature of world, you´re able to accept everything and let go.“ (LP PASURA, 2014) Art of acceptance leads to happiness, freedom and peace.
And what about happiness?
We all search for happiness. Philosophers, scientists, psychologists, thinkers have been trying to formulate universal recipe for joyfull life. Budhists are aware of fact they ´ ve found it – and it´s meditation. Famous guru Osho said in his published dialogues: „Meditation is way to rule your own being. You don´t have to be christian, jewish or hinduist – it´s all nonsense. You only have to find your center and meditation is a way how to get there.“
Center in this case is a place or a moment of absolute harmony. In world full of opposites is searching for harmonic center completely logical step. Harmony is health.
Meditation or medicine?
Meditation originates from latin meditor – to heal. „Medicine defines what heals physical phenomena and meditation heals psychical phenomena. (OSHO, 1999)
For many centuries meditation has been part of an eastern philosophy, medicine and society generally. Nowadays, modern western science like neuroscience are currently investigating this traditional technique and exploring its influence on brain, thinking and psychics. Results are more than interesting. (More soon.) New branche of medicine known as Mind – Body medicine fully benefits from potential of meditation and mindfulness. People meditate in schools, companies, offices. In the USA, meditation is part of programs for health and trauma relief of communities, especially traumatised by war or social restrictions. In times when national governments invest billions of dollars into health service and laboratory researches, meditation appeals as a magic pill, moreover for free.
It´s hard to believe that solution of many problems could be so easy. But we should not forget that solution for most of the problems lies in our head, althought we´re looking for it elsewhere. We´re not able to stop and orientate in labyrinth of events, emotions and thoughts. Meditation helps us to understand this stage and adjust it. Beginning is easy – you have to become so lazy that you stop think totally. Then you´ll answer even those questions which you hadn´t even ask.
OSHO, 1999. From medication to meditation. Praha : Pragma. 1999, 344 s. IBN 80–7205-701-4
BROWN, CH. 2007. Pilates Yoga Ausgleich und Harmonie fur Korper, Seele und Geist. Bratislava : Slovart, 2007. 160 s. ISBN 978-80-8085-237-5
Lectures of a monk LP PASURA in Mooktawan sanctuary, june 2014, Peace revolution – www.peacerevolution.com